Trip Report: Constable Country Friday 28 April 2017
For our April trip 19 of us travelled to Constable Country – the area around Dedham in north Essex made famous by the artist John Constable. A number of us started the day at around 9am in the car park at Flatford Mill and proceeded to walk along the River Stour, photograph Willy Lott’s cottage (of “The Haywain” painting), the bridge over the river and the local wildlife. Others started the day at Pin Mill, a small picturesque village on the river Orwell to the east of Dedham.
We all met up at 1pm in The Carrier’s Arms at East Bergholt where the publican had set aside a secluded area for our sole use. I don’t know if rumours have been spread about raucous Photofold Camera Club lunches, but we were given our own exclusive dining area away from the regular clientele. We all enjoyed the excellent food on offer. However, Dave Hussey was a bit put out when he was charged the concessionary OAP rate of only £8.25 for his 2 courses. He doesn’t realise the effect hanging around with the rest of us is having on his appearance!
After lunch we split into two groups again and went our separate ways. Many of us now went to Pin Mill which, although it was a fairly long winding drive, was well worthwhile. The main attraction here is the boat “graveyard” where unwanted craft are abandoned on the riverbank, a few hundred yards from the village, and slowly become old wrecks. After we had clambered down the bank we spent an enjoyable hour or so slipping and sliding on the muddy riverbank in and around the wrecks attempting to get our own unique compositions of the much photographed boat remains.
Some of us then returned to the village, past some strange semi-derelict houseboats to the Butt and Oyster pub for a late afternoon coffee before proceeding home.